Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Change

Hello, Dear Readers!


Wow... Long time no write, huh? Well, it's probably due in part to the fact that I don't like to write only for the sake of writing. I want to have something that is going to pique the interest of those who visit this blog. I don't know that the words I pen actually do that, but that is the goal!I'm sitting here reflecting on how much things can change in such a short amount of time. For example, seven months ago on December 19th, I got married. The picture you see here is of my husband and me. We're also entertainers and this is one of our publicity shots. Just wanted to share it with you! Funny, it seems as though our wedding was just yesterday and at the same time, as though we've been married forever. That's good. I pray that for everyone who marries...that you will find your mate and rest in the love that you enjoy with one another for all your days.


This isn't my first marriage...but it is my last. And for those of you who have been or are married, I don't need to tell you that marriage cannot succeed without change... No longer are you an entity unto yourself once you marry someone (praise God!), but you are part of a union that requires you to stretch and grow in ways you may never have imagined you would. Sometimes the stretching is painful...learning to sacrifice your 'all about me and what I want to do' ways for the 'how can I bless this union so that we become truly ONE' attitude. Lofty thought, but sometimes not so easy to do! But then, I have learned that if you truly truly truly love someone, the sacrifices aren't so difficult to make at all.



Of course, for those of you who follow this blog, you know I'm going to relate this to our relationship with the Lord. As we learn more about Him and grow more deeply in love with Yeshua/Jesus, we find it less and less difficult to sacrifice our selfish desires in exchange for pleasing Him. And we do it because of the love that we have for Him...love that can only increase each day as we more fully surrender ourselves, our plans and everything we have to Him. Drawing closer to Him, we can see more clearly how He is busily at work in our lives, being faithful to His word and opening new doors into our futures with Him. And we begin to SEE and KNOW His love for us.


Yeshua/Jesus is a loving, generous, powerful, tender, wise and fiercely passionate husband. He is faithful beyond measure - never taking His bride for granted, but rather always inviting her to come closer to Him. HE wants her to catch the vision He has for the marriage, to learn more about the Father and to grow ever more confident and powerful in her love for Him. He is always inviting His bride to walk forward with full purpose of heart, knowing that He is the Ever Faithful and True King of Kings and He has chosen and called her to a destiny that she cannot possibly achieve on her own... He invites His bride to lay down her own selfish desires and to take up a cross and sword, to walk beside Him in the strength that only He can provide as she submits her life to His plans. He proves His love for her every day and calls her beautiful...the most beautiful bride in the world. He arms her with His strength as she rests in Him and He surrounds her with angelic hosts who protect and defend her - who minister to her because she is His bride - an heir of salvation - one who will inherit the kingdom of heaven and rule and reign beside her Husband/King. He equips her with wisdom and covers her with His glory as she surrenders herself to Him. And He becomes One with her, even as He is ONE with the Father. It's the most beautiful marriage in the world - and in the universe. And the Bridegroom - Yeshua/Jesus - is the One who asked for her hand - your hand - my hand - in this most beautiful marriage of all time and all eternity.


So, when you consider what it is like to be truly married - truly one with your spouse - remember this: the decisions you make every single day of your life are a reflection of what kind of bride you will be for your King. Learn submission in right ways... Seek His heart to find out where there is division between you and your earthly spouse... Ask Him where there is strife in your marriage and then get rid of it! Even if you are not married, you need to evaluate yourself in regard to your relationships with others. Ask Him to show you your own pride and when He does, lay it down and walk away from it. Your beauty isn't found in your appearance, intelligence, abilities or anything human. Your beauty is found in HIM. You are beautiful - gloriously beautiful - when you surrender yourself to your Bridegroom. Ask Him to show you how you can be a more submissive partner (remember, the Bible says that we are to submit to one another...not just women to men, but to each other). Ask Him to show you how to prefer your spouse over yourself. Ask Him to teach you how to be patient, to be humble, to surrender your will so that you walk in obedience to the desires of His heart. Obedience is just another word for love. 1 John 5:3 says, "This is love for God - that you obey His commands.


Ask Him to show you every little thing you do that brings division between you and your spouse. You don't need Him to show you what is wrong with your spouse - although you may need to ask Him what you can do to bless your spouse in areas where he/she is weak, whether in the relationship with you, with God or with others. Ask the Lord to make you the 'bride' He wants you to be. I know there are men reading this blog. The bride of Christ is made up of men and women... So if you belong to Him and have given Him your life, you are His bride - no matter what your gender may be. This isn't about gender. It's about our spirits - our real selves. Remember, God is Spirit and those who worship Him must do so spirit and in truth. Let's trust Him to work out all the details and just learn to submit to and love Him!


Ask Him to do the work in you that only He is able to accomplish. And then, beloved, let go and allow it to happen. Don't try to orchestrate that work. You can't. Don't try to figure it all out so that you can do it on your own. Again...you can't. Just let Him take you by the hand and lead you into His chambers of love. Go there willingly. Surrender yourself to His love and His leadership. His banner over you is love. His plan for you is love. His heart for you is love. You were created to be one on whom He can pour His overflowing, sacrificial, passionate love. You were created to share His glorious kingdom with Him. You were created because He loved you before He even formed you in your mother's womb. You are the longing of His heart - you are His bride...if you surrender yourself to His will and His ways. He will take you into heaven one day and you will sit at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb...as His bride. He will present you to His Father and you will be more deliriously happy than you or I can possibly imagine.


But it all starts with change. Change your mind and ways if you are being disobedient to Him. Change the ways you look at your relationships with everyone. Change how you respond to difficult circumstances, if your responses need to be changed. Change your attitude about submission to everyone around you. If you're constantly giving into Satan's plans, change your mind and your ways and give your full self to God. Change your heart. Change your direction. Change your mind. Change your plans. Give EVERYTHING to Yeshua/Jesus. Become ONE with Him.


Eternity is a really really really long time.... This life is our opportunity to learn how to be a righteous bride in Christ. I still have a long way to go, but I'm working on it... How about you?


Vicky

Saturday, April 30, 2011

My Beloved - Part 6



(And so, it is time for the last portion of this message from God. I hope this has blessed you as you've read and considered the words in it. I have been blessed to read them, too. There is more to come, but for this day, this is enough. Have a wonderful day! And now, for the last part of this message...)






"Bring these words to Me, little one. The enemy will try to steal them from you, but I will confirm them to you daily as you come to Me. You will see your self-esteem, which is found in me, begin to grow as you take hold of My hand and learn from Me, leaning only on Me for the sufficiency and provision you need. Remember, what I open, no one can shut and what I shut, no one can open. Turn, turn, turn. This is the season for you to turn. Turn to Me. Turn away from the lies of the enemy. Turn away from a closed and wounded heart to an open and healed one. This will come to you as you take hold of My hand and turn to Me anew.






Treasure these words of Mine, beloved. Seek me often for the refreshing you need everyday. Remember that My mercies are new ever morning. Remember, I came so that you would have more abundant life. Do not waste the opportunity to enjoy your life abundantly on this side of Heaven by choosing to listen to the lies of the enemy or by living in the hurts and disappointments of the past.






Listen to Me. Follow Me and learn from Me. I will fill you days with wonder. And remember this - even as it is written in My word...






I AM with you always, even unto the ends of the earth."






From the Lord and Savior, Yeshua Ha'Maschiach...Jesus the Christ.






(Blessings to all of you. I have enjoyed sharing these words from our wonderful Savior. I hope you have listened with the ears of your spirit as you read them. Have a fantastic day! Vicky)












My Beloved - Part 5



(Dear Readers, hope you're pondering, praying over and absorbing this message from our fantastic Lord, Jesus Christ! Now, back to the message...)






See me in the people around you, for I AM there. See Me in the trials you are enduring and will endure in the future, for I will be there with you, also. Do not believe the enemy anymore. I have not rejected you. Your acceptance is found in Me. I AM your security. Let the plans I have for you cause you to rejoice, even though you don't have any idea what they are. I am delighted when My children praise Me and adore me when their lives look like they are falling apart. My passion for My little ones who are suffering and struggling, but still worshipping and thanking Me, blesses My heart, beloved.






Do you think I can overlook those little ones and turn a deaf ear to their cries? Do you think that you can love your children more than I love Mine? Do you know that you are My little child, My little one and that I hear your cries? Do you think I cannot see when you turn away, often expecting to be rejected by others? Do you think I don 't know that you also expect to be rejected by Me? Do you think I cannot see that you believe I have turned away from you, disappointed in who you are? Do you think I have been surprised by the events in your life or that I allow difficult things to come your way in order to punish you? Do you think I ask you these questions without knowing the answers of your heart? Do you think I don't know the desires of your heart? Do you not know that it is my joy and delight to give you the desires of your heart?






When will you let go of your past and step with me into this moment, today? When will you be ready to trust Me for what has been? Do you know that there are times I wrap My arms around you to comfort you? Do you know that I AM right here with you, right now? Do you know that I am deeply and profoundly, wonderfully and passionately in love with you?






Turn your eyes to Me. Keep them here, on Me. When you find yourself looking down or seeking the acceptance of others, remember that I AM the only acceptance you will ever need. Lift up your eyes to the hills. Your Help comes from Me. I Am and will be with you, always.






(To be continued...)



Blessings,



Vicky

My Beloved - Part 4



Dear Readers, I hope you are being blessed as you read and consider - and pray over these words in the "My Beloved" message. Here is part 4)






"Do you look around you and wonder what is next? Do you feel somewhat lost right now? You are not lost. You are exactly where I want you. This is our time. Do not miss it. Do not look at the theology you have been taught by men and think that I am not able to speak with you in this way - through the weak vessel I have chosen to pen these words from Me to you. It is time for your little mind to grow. It is time for you to begin to trust Me in ways that are foreign to you and the teachings you have received from men. Know that some of what you have learned has been from Me, but there have also been teachings you have received that came from men and not from Me.






Remember the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Remember also the Tree of Life. I AM the Tree of Life. Many men and women, many pastors and theologians eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. They have chosen the lesser of the two choices available to them in this. They reason in their own minds and develop human "Christian" theology that comes from their understanding, rather than choosing to come to ME - their Source - and eat from the Tree of Life. They do not always rightly divide My words and they stand in judgment of those individuals and beliefs that do not fit their doctrines. I tell you, I AM the Doctrine. I AM the Tree of Life from which you are called to eat. You will not always understand, even as you question now some of the things that you are hearing and reading. You are still a child and no matter how old you become or how long you live with Me in eternity, you will never know everything I know. Remember I said that you must become as a little child. You cannot see that you are a little child to me. You think that you have grown up and you do not understand that I want you to be a little child. I want you to learn to depend on Me and trust Me for what I am doing in your life. I want you to grow up and become a little child.






Remember, it is written that if you will trust in me with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, but will instead acknowledge Me in all your ways, I will direct your paths. Do you not know that I direct your paths, beloved? Do you not understand that the paths I will lead you on are filled with joy as well as sorrow, with rejection as well as acceptance and love? Do you only see a half-empty glass? Wake up, wake up, wake up, sleepy child of Mine! I have called you. I have chosen you and called you by name! I AM your Father. I AM your DAD. Rejoice in the knowledge that I still have many wonderful places for you to go and many beautiful things for you to see. You will laugh and cry with Me. You will understand more about Me as you step out of religion and tradition, and experience Me instead. You will grow up to become a little child as you embrace ME and My love for you each day."






(To be continued...)



Blessings!



Vicky

My Beloved - Part 3




(Dear Readers, here is the next portion of the message...)








Have you allowed yourself and your identity to become wrapped up in your position or circumstances in life? Do you think that was ever My plan for you? I do not love you based on your performance or your situation. In your mind you know that is true, but your heart has not yet comprehended that I love you because you are Mine. I loved the very idea of you so much that I chose to create you. Yes, I can see all of your faults. I know every weakness and sin you wrestle with. Your value to Me is not based on your performance, beloved. Your value is based on the fact that I love you. You cannot earn that love, nor can you reason it out.








Remember, all things are in Me. I loved you before you were born and I saw you before you were created. I knew you even as a mother knows the child she carries in her womb, before that child ever sees the first light of day. The difference is that I AM GOD and I saw all of your days before you experienced the first breath in your little lungs or the first thought in your little brain. You are not loved because you chose Me, beloved. I chose you, remember? I chose you and called you. You answered Me because I placed the longing in your heart - a longing that you did not understand, but one that you cannot deny exists. My plans for you are not finished; in that you must rest assured. Know also that I chose you and called you out of the depths of My love for you. I wanted you from the beginning, beloved. I want you still.








(To be continued...)




Blessings!




Vicky

My Beloved - Part 2




(Dear Readers, this is part two of a message from our Lord. Part one is in a previous blog. Blessings as you read and consider these words...)








"Again I say to you, I AM calling you away. Come away with Me, beloved. Come and learn more of Me. I have the rest your soul needs. I have the rest your wounded spirit cries out for. Remember that my yoke is easy and My burden is light. You have sought to carry the burdens of others for many years, but dear beloved, I AM the One with the shoulders on which those burdens can be easily borne. I AM the Good Shepherd and I AM here, waiting for you to cast your cares on Me, for I care for you.








These words are not just nice platitudes for quoting from the pulpits, but so many of those who occupy positions of authority in the churches do not understand the truth of these words. It is far easier for men to carry their own positions than to release control and surrender their authority to Me. The temptation to have honor and power are built into the soulish realms of carnal man. However, unless the soul of a man or woman submits to My will and allows itself to be placed under the authority of My Spirit, there will be no true rest for that soul, and the people will suffer.








Do not give in to the temptation to let your soul rule any longer. Your spirit man must learn to tell your soul to 'sit down and shut up' so that you can endure the trials, temptations and rejection of this world. Those things will always be there, beloved. You must learn to overcome them by My Spirit and by the Blood of the Lamb. I have given you the keys of understanding in some areas through the written words in the Bible, but you must come to Me for greater understanding of My ways. Remember that I have said in My Word that My Holy Spirit would come to be with you and teach you everything you need to know. When you read, ask Me to speak to you. Ask Me to open My Word to you and then listen as Holy Spirit speaks to you. Hold onto the truth you have learned in My word - the Bible - and realize that the Bible is My book, but I AM the Author. Spend your time with Me, no matter what you are doing, so that I can teach you by My Spirit.








Remember that the government is on My shoulders and that it should be thus in the church. Remember that all will give an accounting before Me and I will judge with wisdom, mercy, justice, grace and holiness. Pray for those who have abused or misused their authority in your life. Pray that I will extend mercy and bring them to understanding and conviction about their sins, so that they see the need for repentance. Ask Me to soften their hearts. You must never judge their hearts, for you cannot see clearly into their motives or understand why they respond in the ways they do. Know this: I do not desire to lose one of them. They are all precious to me and I continue to labor with them, even as I labor with you. That labor is borne out of love for you, beloved. Choose to love those who have hurt you. Choose to let go of the anger that has tempted you to become bitter toward others - and even tempted you to turn away from Me. Pray also that I will bring greater clarity to you of your sins so that I can extend the same mercy to you that I ask you to extend to others. Ask Me to show you your own sin, so that you can humble yourself in those times when the enemy tempts you to rise up in pride or anger against others because of the sins and weaknesses in their lives. Repent - turn away from your anger and do not allow the seeds of bitterness to find place in you.








I do not say these words to you for any reason but one. It is because of My profound love for you, beloved. You must learn to forgive and let go - completely - of the sins of others, whether they have sinned against you, your loved ones or those you care about. Remember, all have sinned and fallen short of My glory. You cannot afford to allow any one's sin to cause you to pass judgment. You must leave that to Me. You must freely forgive - freely, freely, freely, freely forgive. I have forgiven you for what My Son endured on the Cross for you - the beatings, the rejection, the nails, the sin - I laid all of it on Him for you, beloved. I did it because I desire that you will be with Me always - not just when things are going smoothly for you. Forgive, forgive, forgive so that the Blood of the Lamb can cover you completely.








Learn that I, too, hate the blows of the enemy against My children and I will render judgment. He knows that his time is short and his fury has been unleashed on all people, but you must not let his winds of hate blow you away."








(To be continued...)








Blessings!




Vicky

My Beloved - Part 1












Good morning! This post is part one of a prophetic word that I believe the Lord wants me to share with my readers. Due to it's length, I am dividing it into several posts. As with all prophetic words from the Lord, it is our responsibility to take it to Him for confirmation of its truth and origin.




Blessings to all! Now, here is the message...







My Beloved,


I call you My beloved, for indeed you are one I cherish and adore. Your heart beats because I tell it to beat. You have eyes to see the beauty of life all around you. This is the beauty that I have created and this is the desire that I have for you. Every day I call you to open your eyes and see the beauty. Breathe deeply the fragrance of ME in the life I have given you. Listen to the sound of MY creation as you go about your daily tasks. Do not wonder if I am with you every moment of the day, for I AM. There is never a time that I am not aware of your needs, hurts and desires. There is never a time when you are out of My sight or My mind. I watch everything you do each day and long for you to choose joy in the midst of your trials. I long for you to be encouraged in the knowledge that you already possess - knowledge that I have given you the ability to do everything through the strength that flows from Me.


You wonder why some things have happened and look to the wrong sources for their causes. I AM your purpose in this life. I have allowed and even called some things into being for MY own purposes for you. I have called you, and you have wrestled in your mind with the actions of others. You have wondered what could have been done differently. That is not the point, beloved. You have been called by Me to come away. We have places to go, you and I, and you must be willing to trust me in this or we will not be able to move forward together with joy and hope into the plans I have made for your future. I am calling you to come closer still in our relationship - to trust Me in what your life has become for now, as well as for the things which you cannot see that lie ahead for you. This journey we are going on will be different from what you have experienced in the past. I am taking you to places you did not know you would be going, but you will be pleasantly surprised when you get there.




When you are tempted to be discouraged or depressed, I ask you to remember the rejection I endured by My creation. Do not wonder any longer about your own rejection in this life. You know that I have told you in My word - and through My Word that you will be rejected and despised by men because you belong to Me. Do you wonder why? Go back and read again where I have said that they would reject you if they have rejected Me. Read again where I have said that the servant is not greater than the Master. Read those words with greater understanding of the depth of My suffering, knowing that it is for your own good that you have endured these things. You have a greater ability to understand more clearly the pain and suffering of your Lord as you embrace the Cross you bear now. Do not despise the things you have been through. Embrace this season in your life, for I am teaching you many things.


Allow your heart to be and remain soft towards Me. Your adversary has been roaring about "like a lion, seeking whom he may devour" and he desires to devour you. But I call you to remember that he is not a real lion. He is a liar and a thief. I call you to remember that his power was destroyed when I took back the keys of death and hell. I call you to remember that you are not wrestling against flesh and blood, but against spiritual wickedness and rulers, against principalities and powers in high places. I call you to remember that those principalities, rulers and powers are not willing that you should know they exist, but prefer instead to hide in darkness and try to convince you that people are your real problem.


I call you to remember that I AM the Lion of Judah. I AM the First and the Last. I AM your Savior, your Prince and your King. I AM the Father of your children. I AM the King of all kings and the Lord of all lords. I AM and I will always be I AM. No one can change that. There is no other GOD but ME. I AM here for you today and tomorrow. I AM here to comfort you, to strengthen and encourage you. I AM here to reveal Myself to you in ways you never imagined. I AM much more than you can comprehend in your finite little mind. I AM and will always be your Defender and Protector, your HIGH TOWER, your Very Best Friend. Run to Me, beloved. I AM the safe place for you to hide. Hide in ME. Cry to ME. SHOUT TO ME. Pour out your heart to ME. I AM. And you belong to ME.


(To be continued...)


Blessings,


Vicky


























Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Rhythm of Eternity


Hi Friends!


I wrote this and thought that perhaps some of you might enjoy it. (Anyway, I hope you do!) :)

The Rhythm of Eternity


Movement pulsates through time and space

Carrying the cadence of life with every beat ~

Taking the joys and sorrows ~ the struggles and jubilation ~

The energy of the song in the music of the heart.

Soaring with the ecstasy of breath and sound...

Mingling together, they ebb and flow across boundaries known

And unknown...

While endless horizons sought after arise...


Racing with unrelenting steadiness, each consumed by and filled with wonder ~ breathless wonder ~

Toward the One Who created every nuance...

Every swell... every peak...

Every second captured and held within the perfect Answer.

The pace is set...

Unveiling the precise moment of time when all creation

joins the chorus of honor and reverence...

Every knee bowing in perfect unison...

Every tongue freely confessing and every voice crying aloud

With a thunderous sound filled with worship...

And adoration...

Professing with undeniable knowledge the wondrous news that

Jesus Christ is Lord.

And so, through His amazing love we see

The Rhythm of Eternity.


Blessings to all of you. Come back soon!


Vicky

Thursday, April 7, 2011

God's Lace on Earth



Pear trees... Dogwood... Redbuds... Don't you just love the beautiful 'lace' of these trees every Spring? And there's so much more than just those on which to feast your eyes. God is amazing. Beauty everywhere. Embrace it. Drink it in today. Feast, feast, feast, beloved child of HIS!!! Passionate, colorful, playful, artistic God designed it all. He's wonderful. Magnificent. Elaborate. Extravagant. Majestic. There aren't enough words to describe the Indescribably Beautiful Creator, Lord God Almighty....YHVH...Jehovah...Jesus Christ...Yeshua Ha Maschiach...Alpha and Omega... One Eternal Round... HOLY!!!

Just wanted to have a moment with you all to adore the Living, One and Only True God Thanks for joining me!!!



Many blessings to you all. I'm asking God to give you a wonderful surprise today. Be watchful and listening and let me know what you get if you want to!!! Unless you tell me otherwise, I'll post it for our other friends on here ~ and we can just ENCOURAGE EACH OTHER!!!


Love to all...



Vicky

Friday, April 1, 2011

The Rattlesnake Option

Good morning, Readers. I hope this morning's blog really blesses you! And don't worry about the rattler in the picture. He can't get to you...or can he??? I woke up this morning with the Lord talking to me about the ways we human beings let the devil get away with murder sometimes...and we just sit idly by and not only allow it to happen, but assist in the very act itself. In a way, I guess we could say that we sometimes become the devil's accomplices. This blog is about what the Lord showed me this morning. And He showed me by using the following vision/story. Here's what I saw in the Spirit... A rattlesnake was coiled inside a cage. The door of the cage was closed, but then a man opened the door. He didn't do anything...just stood there looking at the rattler and waiting, knowing full well that the thing could strike at any time ~ with deadly accuracy. He didn't try to close the door. He figured he'd get around to closing it later, if at all. He knew that opening the door put his life in danger, but he wasn't really concerned about it because he didn't believe the snake would actually strike him. He reasoned that opening the door made it easier to see the snake and that watching it seemed to have a calming effect on him. But that was a lie. And the man wasn't tormenting the snake. He wasn't even taunting it. He was just removing the only obstacle that stood between himself and the poisonous reptile. The snake looked very passive and not at all threatening, coiled up in that cage. Relaxed, actually. He wasn't worried about timing. He knew he had the advantage now, because of the permission he'd been given when the man opened the cage door. But there was no doubt in the serpent's mind that he would strike. The poison inside the rattlers body was very real. The fangs were long, sharp and well hidden inside its mouth, capable of deeply puncturing the flesh and delivering as much toxic venom as he desired. He was watching the man. There was incredible danger in what appeared to be a non-threatening scene. And although the man knew that the snake was not his friend and even hated him, he foolishly believed that he was safe and could take his time closing the door he had so unwisely opened. Still, the rattlesnake was in no hurry to strike just yet. He knew that he had to bide his time... After all, the man had given the snake permission to attempt to kill him. And of course, because of his hatred for the man, the snake would do just that, if the door remained open long enough. Enough. I'm sure we all get the picture. God wants us to examine the things we allow in our lives. He warns us out of His deep love for us...telling us to be careful about the cage doors we're willing to open. In this particular experience, the Lord was talking to me about someone I dearly love who thinks that a behavior he's involved in won't actually hurt him. But the enemy lies in wait...watching...mesmerizing...lying to this man. Telling him that his behavior isn't dangerous. And the longer my friend watches, the more deeply he is drawn into the lie ~ and the greater the chance that the snake will strike a deadly blow ~ one that may be impossible to recover from because of the man's CHOICE to participate in the behavior. Years ago, God used another example for me to share with His children ~ and to remember for myself as well. The snake-and-cage parable this morning is like the children-in-the-backyard parable He gave me then. It's very simple. A father tells his children that they can play in the back yard, but to stay inside the fence, because directly behind the fence is a highway. As long as the children are inside the fenced yard, they remain safe from harm. With huge trucks speeding down that highway at 75 miles per hour, it would be foolish for the children to think they would be safe to play outside of the area their father provided. They may escape a few oncoming vehicles if they don't obey him, but the chances of them being hit and killed are HUGE if they disobey. Can't you just imagine what it must sound like to their dad as they run out into the traffic shouting, "Please protect us, dad..." They 'opened the cage door', so to speak. They stepped outside of the father's protection by their own choices to leave the yard. Their father can only do so much, because they chose disobedience. And anytime there is disobedience, there are consequences. Sometimes deadly ones, at that. I'm reminded of 1 Corinthians 6:12..."Everything is permissible for me, but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible for me ~ but I will not be mastered by anything. (Yeah, can't say that it's beneficial to be bitten by the rattler or run over by the trucks on the highway!!!) Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body." I'm praying for my friend. I'm praying for you all, too. And ~ oh, yes ~ I'm praying for myself... Please, dear God, bless us to want to do your will more than we want to satisfy the cravings of our own flesh. Bless us to keep the cage doors closed, tempting as they may be. Bless us to remember that satan and his filthy demons lie in wait on the other sides of those cage doors, doing all they can to ensnare us. How we need your wisdom and strength, Lord! Bless us to be smart enough to stop playing around with the devil and to remember that we were bought with an extraordinary price...the life of Jesus Christ, crucified for each one of us. We say we love You. We say we love the Lord. Bless us to be ravenous in our hearts to prove it to You. You told us how to do that in 1 John 5:3,4..."This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world." We say we love You, Father. Bless us to choose to show You that we really do. In Yeshua/Jesus' Name.... Amen. Shut the doors that are open, dear friends. If you have any open, that is... Your life is precious in God's sight. Don't play around with it ever again. Be courageous and very strong. Hold onto Jesus. He'll take you through all the temptations and even provide you with the strength to firmly shut the cage doors, no matter how impossible it may seem. That's right.... Go ahead.... Close the door and step away from the cage! Love you all! Vicky

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Living The Spamless Life


Good morning, dear Readers!

I imagine someone may have already written about it ~ you know ~ living the spamless life. If they did, I missed the blog...and wish I'd read it years ago. Ah, well... Such is life! You know what I'm talking about. A life that doesn't include all the clutter that gets thrown in without permission from the recipient... One that consists of only those things each of us would like to receive and nothing that takes up space for no good reason. Well. What an interesting idea that is, huh? Unrealistic, but interesting...


I don't know about you, but it seems my life has been somewhat spammy most of the time I've been on this earth. Some of it has arrived in great big packages, threatening to smother me with all the stuff inside. Oftentimes it came when I had no idea there was a delivery on its way. Lasting for days or weeks or even years at a time, it seems, the spamminess would almost overwhelm me with depression, discouragement, frustration and/or anger. I would frequently complain about how unfair things were ~ how wrong it was to have to suffer the injustice of it all! I was a crybaby, moaning, murmuring and mumbling my way through my days ~ tucking praises to God in here and there ~ but definitely mumbling a good portion of the time. Out loud or just inside my head... It didn't matter. It all sounded lousy to God. I just didn't get it.



I don't remember when the Lord actually got my attention about all the complaining I was doing. It probably was over the course of time...you know, with little checks in my spirit about the words coming out of my mouth. I can be a very slow learner at times and am so grateful for our very loving and patient Father. How He puts up with all of His grumbling children without giving up on us is just more proof of how wonderful He really is.


Several years ago, I heard a sermon by Dr. Charles Stanley. I don't remember the whole sermon, but one thing he said really caught my attention. He spoke about being in his office one day, face down on the carpet if I remember correctly...and the Lord telling him that He wanted Charles to see everything that comes to him in life as being sent directly from God's own hand. It put things in perspective for Charles. Put everything ~ life included ~ in perspective for me, too. I needed very much to hear those words. And if you're struggling with all the 'spam' that pours into your life everyday, maybe you need to hear it, too. :)


Oh, I know that we may have a tendency to blame everything negative on the devil. I'm sure he would love to be able to take credit for it all, too. And before I get a bunch of comments from readers arguing the point, I would like to clarify so that no one misunderstands. After all, I don't want to be the cause of anyone murmuring!!! So please, allow me to explain...


We serve a sovereign God, as most of my readers know. That means that ultimately He is, always has been and always will be seated on the throne. It means that nothing will ever happen to us that He isn't already well aware of ~ in advance. It means that He could step in and make adjustments to circumstances or move in our lives in such a way that we wouldn't have to go through some of the things we endure. But He doesn't always do that. For that reason, many people consider Him to be a weak or uncaring or cruel...or even non-existent God. Some dismiss Him as being powerless ~ heartless ~ or just downright mean. Others turn away from Him, refusing to believe that He exists because they are sure they can manage their lives better than He can. All of those are vain and foolish thoughts. God is NOTHING of the sort. He is all powerful and more than capable of stepping in and changing the course of things on earth. One day He will do just that. And when He does, I pray that we're all on His good side!


Back to my point though. The trouble that many of God's people have fallen into is that they have become complainers...not satisfied because things are not the way they would like them to be. Instead of praising God for everything that happens, they/we start grumbling about how they/we think things should be...often missing the opportunities that these little 'spam' encounters present to us.


I have found that the Lord has let many things come into my life to teach me lessons that I've desperately needed to learn. For instance ~ and these are just a few things ~ PATIENCE! And... WISDOM! And the much needed growth in FAITH! All of which I was sorely lacking in. All of which I am still working on today. Every one of these three things are necessary ingredients in the life of a follower of Jesus Christ. His life exemplified a perfect walk of faith, wisdom and patience when He lived here. His Father ~ and yours and mine ~ is at work in each of us, tirelessly shaping and reshaping us into what we were made to be. We all want to be the best we can be. Only with the help, direction and wisdom of the Lord is that going to happen. And our very frugal Father in Heaven will use every means at His disposal to bring it into being.


We are works in progress. Throw a little spam in here and there to refine us, knocking off the rough edges ~ making the 'crooked paths straight', so to speak...that's what our Father will do. He lets satan try to trip us up. He lets the messiness of life get in our ways so that we learn how to traverse the rough roads and learn how to be refreshed in the parched places. He isn't an "I'll-give-you-a-neat-and-clean life" God. We just have to look at the life of His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to see that God allows spam...He allows messiness to make us grow...He works it all together for our own good. Yes, beloved. For our GOOD.


He does it because He loves us and He can't and won't have a lot of Prima donna's in His kingdom. Ask.com defines a Prima donna as "a temperamental person. Someone who takes adulation and privileged treatment as a right and reacts with petulance to criticism or inconvenience." Just imagine what it would have been like if Jesus had taken that attitude! We'd all be lost forever. And we are not the ones who should be receiving adulation anyway. Only the Lord deserves it. We are the created, NOT the Creator!!!


God gave satan so much power and so many wonderful things, but the stupid devil didn't appreciate it. God wants the humility and wisdom of Jesus to live in us. We will go through trials. We will have spam. We will suffer. And hopefully, we will grow as a result. So the spam stays, beloved. It stays...to bless us with more opportunities to grow in love, meekness, wisdom, faith, patience, gentleness, kindness, goodness and especially in humility. God wants a humble people. He wants a people who will gladly and gratefully bow the knee to Him throughout eternity...not another stupid devil filled with pride, dissatisfied with the wonderful gifts already given...complaining about what he/she lacks...demanding, demanding, demanding. No. He wants a people who are humble and wise enough to know that God is and always will be GOD. He wants a people who are thrilled to be called His children...who really do view the trials that we have gone through in life to be there for our own good...grateful that He would allow and even bring about circumstances that purify us in His Refiner's Fire. He wants people who will rejoice that He didn't spoil us rotten, but instead matured us so that we will always appreciate Who He is!


So, when you get that little spammy thing going today, praise God for it. Show Him that you are grateful for another opportunity to love Him. Bless His heart with your reactions to the bad stuff... Bless His heart by showing Him that you know He has all things in His loving, strong, safe hands and that He has allowed the spam to come to bless you somehow. I"m not saying that He always brings problems...but He will use the ones that come. Maybe sounds crazy to some people, but those are the same folks who don't understand why He would send His Son to die for each one of us. Jesus' life was spammy before 'spam' was even a word. The beatings were spam. The mockery and thorns and cross were spam... He knew they were coming and He endured them all.


Let's learn from His example. When they beat Him, He didn't open His mouth to complain. When they reviled Him, slapped Him, spit on Him and buried thorns into His pure flesh, He never said a word.. He knew God was allowing all of it for a reason. And the reason was you. And it was me. He took our sin, sickness, disease and separation from the Father. He took it all. Some would say it was 'spam'. But God says, 'Not so, beloved.' You were worth it. So was I. According to Him, we are worth the extreme price. And that is the wonder of it all. That He could love us so much!


Pray for strength. Pray for each of your brothers and sisters in Christ. Pray for the wisdom, faith and patience you need to go through every single trial. Then remember that you have all those things through Christ, because they are things He wants for you and by asking, you're in harmony with His will. 1 John 5:14,15...


"And this is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us ~ whatever we ask ~ we know that we have what we asked of him."


He wants us to grow in faith and wisdom...and in patience. He wants us to thank Him for everything that comes into our lives for whatever the reasons He has allowed those things to happen. He wants us to remember that HE IS SOVEREIGN...and that no weapon formed against us will prosper. He wants us to remember that His ultimate goal is to bring us into His kingdom in Heaven one day, and we have many things to learn on the journey. He wants us to remember that He never leaves nor forsakes us...that His ways are not our ways and our thoughts are not His thoughts....His ways are higher and His thoughts are higher than ours.


Oh, and one more thing, beloved. He wants us to remember that He loves us with a love that will never grow weary, never fail and never ever ever die. Have a fabulous day! Let's get together here again soon, okay?


Blessings!

Vicky


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Snow Diamonds

Good morning, beloved friends! What an amazing day this is going to be! I can hardly wait to see what the day will hold and if the sun will shine again like it did yesterday. It was such a beautiful day and as always, God's beauty shone through the cold and warmed my heart with His powerful love. God is so good...always present, always loving, always GOD ~ and that is awesome!
When I set up the office in our home, I made sure that my desk was situated in such a way that I could easily see out the big picture window and enjoy the view of the sky and little wooded area across the road. It's sort of like God picked up a tiny piece of the country and planted it right there just for me. Of course, I know that sounds silly ~ no doubt the previous tenants enjoyed the view for many years before I came along...but I choose to believe that God not only gave me this house to live in, He also gave me this glorious view to behold each day. And believe me, I really do!
I love looking at His creation in nature...seeing the trees, bushes, grasses and flowers cover the land in the springtime... listening to the joy in the birds as they herald another season of life with the music of their songs...watching the weightiness of summer bring the sometimes-too-warm days, thunderstorms and nights filled with the sounds of crickets and owls and...oh, all the other critters that love the great outdoors...and the changes that autumn brings as the trees explode with colors and falling leaves, cooler days and nights and...I could go on and on and on...but I'll stop. You get the idea. God is good and colorful and creative. I love Him!
But I confess...I am not a cold weather person! And when the snow comes to blanket the city as it has twice in the last few weeks, I am always looking forward to the time that it melts...hopefully quickly...and the first little signs of Spring begin to show up. I start looking for them as soon as it starts to get cold outside. Ridiculous, I know...but still, I have a great deal of hope for the next season to arrive once winter begins. What's even sillier about all of this is that I could move to a warmer climate and not have to deal with the cold quite so much, but just like so many people who live in the Midwest and also dislike the cold weather, I seem to be planted here for now. Maybe that will change someday. We'll see... :)
Anyway, back to yesterday... Although I'm not crazy about cold weather, icy roads and trees and gray skies, there are a couple of things about winter that I do love. I love the bright blue skies that occasionally come and the warmth of the sunlight that breaks forth when every tree is bare and all of the roads are wet or slushy or even ickier than that. And if there is snow on the ground, well...the sunlight just seems to cheer everything up a bit. I love the way the snow looks on a sunny day.
It was particularly beautiful yesterday. We've had quite a cold spell here ~ by my calculations, anyway ~ and everything has looked so dreary outside for several weeks now. Being encouraged in all of that grayness can be challenging at best for some folks. But yesterday the sun was shining so brightly and all of the little snow diamonds (that's what I call them) were sparkling as beautifully as the diamond my husband put on my finger. Millions of them...beautiful in every way. It looked like God laid a shimmering white blanket across the land and said, "Look, isn't this gorgeous? Even in the midst of all of the hard things in life, I always have something glorious for my children to see!" Those snow diamonds were a testimony of that for me once again...a testimony of His beauty...His glory...His love for us all.
Some of them looked sort of silver as they glistened in the sunlight, but I noticed several places where the sun hit them just right and thousands reflected the colors of the rainbow. As I looked in wonder at the feast of beauty laid before my eyes, I was again reminded of His love for us. Once again He showed Himself to be glorious and wonderful. Once again I saw that even in the smallest things, God is there in all His goodness and that He does care about the details of our lives. And you know, I figure if He cares enough to make the little snow diamonds that don't seem to serve any purpose other than to be glorious to behold, He most definitely cares about the ins and outs of our daily lives. He cares, beloved. He truly does care.
Look for the snow diamonds He's put in front of your eyes today. Feast on them. Drink in the beauty He's given you to enjoy. And whether it comes in the form of snow diamonds, a friendly smile, a loving hand to hold, a bird in flight, the beautiful sunlight or a precious passage in His scriptures, don't miss it. Don't close the eyes of your heart to the beauty of God's goodness. Drink it in, beloved. Drink deeply. For truly this is the day that the Lord has made, so let's rejoice and be glad in it!
Vicky

Friday, January 14, 2011

Trickles and Choices

Good morning!
What a great start to the day... I'm sitting at my computer, listening to beautiful music that my husband recorded ~ he's an awesome musician ~ and I'm just resting in the awareness that God loves and cares for me more than I can possibly imagine. Now, that's what I call a great way to start any day! :) I am so grateful for all that the Lord has done and is doing in me thus far in my life. I'm most definitely a work in progress!
I've been away from the computer for some time now...not posting for quite a while...and quite frankly, wondering if I would ever write another post for this blog. Many wonderful and many very hard things have happened since 2009...things that caused me to re-think who I am and where I am in my walk with the Lord. My life this past year has been very difficult in many ways and I've needed the last several months to put everthing into proper perspective. The Lord and I have been working diligently on me...and I've sure needed it! Guess you could say I've been restructuring and being restructured by God. It was necessary...and it's all good!
I learned many years ago that God is always good ~ even when the things we are enduring may or may not be. Whether they are things of our own design or something that the Lord is bringing into our lives for the purpose of growing us up...whether they are painful experiences or filled with profound joy...He is always at work in us...showing Himself to be good and merciful, gracious and patient, loving and kind, generous and wise. He is always using the things that seem to trickle into our lives... And at times it is only as we journey further down the road of our time on earth that we learn His 'trickles' came with a purpose...came from the heart of the Father who loves us without reservation...unconditionally...and who knows more than anyone ever could just what we need to purify us and set us free from all of those things that hold us down ~ things that keep us from running fully and freely into His loving arms.
My journey this past year has reminded me repeatedly that I need Him moment by moment and that I cannot afford to step away from Him for one second without expecting there to be some sort of price that will be paid for doing so. I've made choices that I wish I'd never made and done things I wish I'd never done...but I've also made decisions that I do not regret. Some of those very decisions have caused me to lose friends and to seek out my Father in heaven with a repentant heart...and a questioning one, too. I look at where my life is right now and know that God's hand has brought me to this place. But I also know that many people would disagree with me about that. They would say that I have walked away from God and that He is not pleased. I only know this...God is a loving Father and long ago I gave Him my life to do with whatever He chooses. I meant it then. I still mean it today. I trust that He has me where He wants me right now...and He confirms that trust in beautiful ways on a daily basis. I regret some decisions, but embrace others. They have all brought me to this wonderful place and time in my life. God is huge, my friends. Don't ever take that for granted. He is simply HUGE!
Things that come to us may appear to be sent by the enemy. I say 'appear' because I believe with all my heart that God can step in at any time to stop them from finding their ways to us. He could intervene and prevent us from being hurt, or making bad decisions because of the temptations we endure. He is, after all, GOD! Now, I don't discount the fact that He's given us a will that is free to choose whatever we choose and that sometimes, we absolutely make the wrong decisions. Nor do I wish to sound as though I am trying to justify sin or wrong choices where my life is concerned. But ultimately, He is and always will be GOD. (Yes, I know...I said that already... I just love the way it sounds... GOD IS GOD... Wonderful!!!)
If He allows things to come to us ~ things that just seem to trickle into our lives ~ it is for a purpose we may or may not understand at the time. But we can most definitely trust that He has us in His tender care. We must continue to put our hands in His everyday, regardless of anything we may encounter. He knows better than anyone how to work everything out for our good ~ and it even says so in the Word... "He works all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purposes." How reassuring that is! How much peace that brings when we feel as though we've lost our way or gone way too far in our poor decision making ~ or our sins.
I'm reminded of the fact that Jesus ~ perfect, sinless Son of God...our Lord Jesus ~ even asked His Father to take away the cup that he would have to drink... And the Father's answer was no. He could have said yes, but He didn't. He not only chose to say no. In Isaiah 53:10, it says
"Yet it was the Lord's will
to crush Him and cause Him to suffer..."
Wow.
So, my friends, there it is. I have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. I have confessed and repented, gotten to my feet once again and continue to hold onto the Master's hand. I have made decisions good and bad...and have held onto the promises that my Lord loves me enough to get me where I need to be. I've watched things 'trickle' into my life...thinking they were good or bad...whatever the case may be...and have been affirmed by God's love for me repeatedly during those times. I have seen the same in others...falling down...getting up again...continuing on their journeys as they endeavor to 'endure to the end'. My job is to love them. To love you, friends. Whatever you encounter on your journey. Whatever you choose to do when those things trickle into your lives. I choose to stay commited to God. I pray that for all of us. That we would find ourselves before His throne on a daily basis...loving and serving Him to the best of our ability...repenting and letting go of our sins...then getting back on the road to follow Him wherever He leads us.
December 19th, 2010 I married Charles. He's a wonderful man ~ a musician, songwriter, arranger and singer...who also plays piano, keyboards, flute and trombone fabulously... and who, most importantly of all, is a true worshipper who loves God dearly and lives his faith in powerful ways daily. I thank God for this man. He is truly a gift in my life. Maybe I'll write more about that later, but for now, it's time to say goodbye. Be blessed, dear friends. Thanks for following my blog. I'll write again soon, I think. It's good to be back.
Blessings!
Vicky

Monday, January 3, 2011

Smile

Hi Everyone!



It's been such a long time since I've been on here! Even received a note from someone (Anonymous), asking if I have quit blogging. lol. I sure don't blame you for wondering, Anonymous! Sometimes I've wondered if I'm ever going to get caught up!



I hope every one of you had a beautiful time with the Lord this holiday season and that you're looking forward to a wonderful new year. 2011 is a gift from God - as is every single day we have the opportunity to be alive. I'm so grateful for His faithful love and constant presence in my life. Hope the same is true for you, too, my friends.



As I sit here writing this post, I'm listening to a song entitled "Smile". It makes me think of how our response to God's gracious gift of life - whatever it may hold - should look in each of us. Now, I'm not naive enough to believe that life is all a bed of roses... Surely we all know that! But I do believe that the Lord wants us to have a right heart attitude, regardless of our circumstances. When trials come and life is difficult to say the least, it can be a real challenge to keep a good attitude and a cheerful smile in place. But He wants us to be thinking about 'whatever things are lovely....' I'm working on that one myself! Lately, it hasn't been as difficult as it used to be - and for that I am extremely grateful!

Hope to be able to write more in the next few days. I've so much to tell you all...if you're interested... ;)

For now, though, goodnight and God's beautiful blessings of rest and peace and...oh yes...incredible joy and wonderfully intimate relationship with you and Yeshua the Messiah!

Much love to all!

Vicky